PARLIAMENTARY BY-ELECTION: TENSIONS VARY FROM DISTRICT TO DISTRICT
Major trends in parliamentary by-election in 7 districts: a record-breaking number of candidates for MPs, namesake and technical candidates, disproportionate campaigning, violation of campaigning regulations, indirect voter bribery, and conflicts in DEC #206.
Elections in 7 districts: why so many candidates?
On 21 June, the candidate registration has finished for by-election of MPs. Thus, a record-breaking number of candidates have already registered for the upcoming 17 July 2016 by-election to the Parliament.
OPORA expects efficient investigation of violations committed on campaigning event of candidate Maksym Mykytas (SMD #206, Chernihiv)
On 15 June 2016, a group of unidentified individuals used the force to restrict two OPORA's officially registered observers from entering a communal enterprise City Palace of Culture when self-nominated candidate Maksym Mykytas (SMD #206) was holding a campaigning event there. There were around 500 voters attending the event.
OPORA has received a permission to deploy official observers in 7 districts
The Central Election Commission granted OPORA a permission to deploy official observers in by-election of MPs in single-member districts # 23, 27, 85, 114, 151, 183, and 206, scheduled for 17 July 2016.
Voter turnout as of 8:00 PM - 55.4%
As of 8:00 PM, voter turnout in in early election of Kryvyi Rih city mayor reached 55.4% (margin of error 1.1%).
Voter turnout in Kryvyi Rih is very high as of 4:00 PM, and transportation of voters remains the most widespread incident - OPORA
From 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, OPORA's observers detected violation of the voting secrecy at 1.25% polling stations in Kryvyi Rih. Besides that, the voters took pictures of their ballots at 2.5% of polling stations, what is prohibited by the Law. Inconsiderable procedural violations were reported at 17.5% of polling stations in the city.
Activeness of the voters in early election of Kryvyi Rih city mayor reached 44.9% as of 4:00 PM
As of 4:00 PM, voter turnout in in early election of Kryvyi Rih city mayor reached 44.9% (margin of error 1.1%). To compare, the voter turnout in 15 November 2016 regular election of Kryvyi Rih city mayor was 28% as of 4:00 PM.
Statement of OPORA concerning organized transportation of voters
OPORA's observers noticed that the voters were brought by buses to election precincts in an organized manner. The organization calls on law enforcement bodies to investigate into the fact of voter transportation, ordered by Kryvyi Rih City Association of Veterans, and determine the source of financing and whether it has signs of indirect voter bribery.
Voter turnout in Kryvyi Rih as of 12:00 PM – OPORA
Observers of the Civil Network OPORA haven't noticed any systematic misuses or gross procedural violations of electoral legislation from 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM in early election of Kryvyi Rih mayor.